Salvachua determined to see Victory bounce back


Carlos Salvachua is determined to see Melbourne Victory bounce back in Round 23 of the Hyundai A-League against Wellington Phoenix.

Following defeat to Sydney FC, Victory is aiming to turn things around starting with three points at Sky Stadium on Sunday.

“We have analysed together and worked out why these things happened in the second half [last Saturday],” said Salvachua. “Now we are playing away against another good team and we have to win.”

A tough trip

“It is not easy after we lose a game like the other day,” admitted Salvachua. “But we are professionals and we have to look forward and prepare for the next game.”

The gap between Victory and the top six remains seven points, while Wellington occupies third place and has won its last five home games.

“They are fighting for second position and it will be a tough game,” said Salvachua.

“We know our situation is not easy and playing away to Wellington is not an easy game, but we have to win. They have a similar structure to Sydney, which we worked on in the first half.”

Rojas travels

Salvachua confirmed that Marco Rojas will travel with the squad, despite being substituted in the second half of last week’s game against Sydney FC.

Due to suspension, however, Victory will be without defenders Tim Hoogland and Giancarlo Gallifuoco for the trip to New Zealand. 

Adama Traore and Jay Barnett also miss out as they continue to recover from recent injuries.

“Ola (Toivonen) is in the squad. Marco Rojas didn’t finish the game, he is not perfect but he is travelling with the squad,” confirmed Salvachua.